Thursday, June 1, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Yankees win local Little League title see Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Landa Park train HeraldZeiti 10 Pages in one section 1 Thursday June Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of CONSUELO VILLARREAL 410 S WEST IIICRDPUBLISH 2627 YAMDELL DR L PASO TX 79903 78 Vol 143 No 144 Inside Sports Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Matthew Sultemeier Happy Consuclo VUlarreal Angellina Valdez Gloria R Gomez and Lupe Caballero Happy 56th anniversary to Mr and Mrs Alton Wuest Lane closed on Landa Street Landa Street underneath the MissouriKansasTexas MKT railroad will be reduced to one lane of traffic on May 31 June 1 and June 2 Texas Department of Trans portation will be drilling test holes to check soil foundation for a new bridge at that location Road workers and a flag man will be present to direct traffic through the area Expected hours of closure are 8 to 5 Texas Depart ment of Transportation urges cit izens to use caution when in the area Dance recital at high school is free The New Braunfels Hermann Sons School of Dance will pre sent its annual dance recital Sunday June 4 The theme this year is Stairway to the Stars featuring 454 students under the direction of dance instructor Bobbi Ray and assistant Melissa Bird The students will perform various jazz tap and ballet routines There will be two perfor mances the matinee at 3 and the everting performance at 7 The recital will be held at the New Braunfels High School auditorium and admis sion is free Fire Department Auxiliary to meet New Braunfels Fire Depart ment Auxiliary will hold its busi ness and social meeting at Fire Station on Loop 337 at 7 on Monday June 5 American Legion to meet American Legion Comal Post meets Thursday June 1 at 410 West Coll St The executive committee meets at 7 and the regular meeting starts at 8 Unit Auxiliary meets at Election will be held Hermann Sons gather New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge will meet for its reg ular meeting June 4 at 3 Meat will be furnished mem bers bring covered dishes Mission Valley FACE to meet Mission Valley Family and Community Education Club meeting will be held June 6 at the Extension meeting room Eagles Auxiliary meets The Eagles Auxiliary meets June 6 at Officers meet at 7 Lotto Texas 38 50 million jackpot TEXHSr LOTTERV HELPING HANDS Three local volunteers give more than hours of their time toHead Start By SUSAN FLYNTENGLAND Staff Writer i New Braunfels Head Start got a major head start from Lidia Esquiv el Nicole Gonzales and Rose Ann Rubio this year These three top vol unteers have given a total of hours to children in the Comal Coun ty Head Start Program Esquivel gave 635 hours to Head Start since last September My mother had passed away in she said Coming over here helped me to not be We are in a lot of danger of losing our federal grants Thats why were pushing the par ents to become more Nicole Gonzales She helps in the threeand four yearold class her daughter attends Having Mom in the classroom took a little adjustment At first she used to cry a lot and she always wanted to be with Esquivel said Now she doesnt even know Im Play time is learning time in dis guise at Head Start Esquivel said When children misbehave they are disciplined with time They dont play for about two she said They make them apologize if they fight apologize to the other lit tle Esquivel has no favorites in the class she distributes love equally AU of them are attractive to she Nicole Gonzales volunteers at Head Start for her childrens sake but the program has helped her grow as well She volunteered 548 hours at two of the four Comal County Head Start sites I have two children in the program one at each she said Gonzales also has a child in first grade Head Start works for the whole family Gonzales said One of her children was bom with a birth defect and one other has asthma as well as attention deficit disorder With HeraldZeltuna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Lidia Esquivel helps a Head Start student work on a puzzle them Ive learned more about the she said Gonzales plans to work for Head Start when her children are all in school Theyve provided me fund ing for my she said Gonzales cochairs the Head Start parent and policy council activities Parents raise funds for Head Start programs especially the childrens yearend field trip We encourage the parents to get involved 100 per she said Gonzales has as many success sto ries as children in the classes she assists One child who spoke only Spanish enrolled in January By the end of February that child was 100 percent she said He now understands English and can speak English when he wants Being an involved Head Start par ent has made Gonzales an activist We are in a lot of danger of losing our federal she said Thats why were pushing the parents to become more Head Starts next goal is to build a bigger center Were just running out of space we dont have enough room for our Gonzales said The New Braunfels communi ty has come through so far for the Comal County Head Start Weve come up with things from sources you wouldnt she said This has really given me faith in the New aquifer law seen as a victory for New Braunfels By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer NBU power line construction stirs up neighbor By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Statf Writer Property owner beware when it comes to easements and right of way Thats what Ben Jones learned when he went to the New Braunfels Utilities board of directors meeting last Thurs day Jones had a contract to purchase property on Hunter Road when he brought his concerns to the NBU Board NBU is building power lines along Hunter Road in front of the property he had on contract The lines will send power to Colorado Materials a heavy industrial user nearby Not I nor any of my neighbors were notified that these lines would be Jones said This is normal procedure we fol lowed normal NBU Pres ident E C Momhinweg said NBU got permission to enter the Hunter Road property during con struction Roger Biggers of NBU said But the permission was given by the actual property owner not Jones he said NBU has no legal obligation to noti fy those property owners of heavy construction next to their homes The power lines are located in the right of Right of way is land the city owns including the street and the strips of land on either side City Manager Mike Shands said Right of way is there as a place for utilities cable com panies etc to run their lines Often homeowners dont know where their property ends and right of way begins They build mailboxes even fences without knowing its technically not their land The city or the utility company has absolutely no legal obligation to ask homeowners consent or even notify them if it plans to build in the right of way in front of their homes Property owners often dont know what an easement is either but many have one or more of them on their property They own it they main tain Shands said But the utility company city or cable company has been guaranteed the right to use an easement Unless a property owner gets a survey and reads carefully he may not know that he has an easement on his Shands said People need to be aware of ease ments when they get a plat for a plot of land Biggers said Real estate agents should explain what easements mean to property buyers but they dont he said When it comes to building on the easement or right of way common courtesy is at issue Jones said what ever a property owners rights When running lines is it normal not to notify residents Jones said We dont usually do that with new construction unless it disrupts ser Difonzo said later We dont go onto peoples prop erty without getting Big gers said The city of New Braunfels tries to notify property owners of upcoming construction next to their property Shands said When street crews will be working a certain area they let resi dents know in advance We set out door hangers saying were going to be coming out for a few Shands said even if it is outright ownership by the The new Hunter Road line will ben efit more than just Colorado Materials Difonzo said The way the plant draws power made the power for the whole area fluctuate affecting many cus tomers residential service A majority of our system is going to benefit from the new lines because of the way Colorado Materials is using power with power Difon zo said Its difficult to balance the rights of all the citizens which the city and the utilities serve against the concerns of one or a few Shands said We dont take the attitude that we have the right and we dont care about Difonzo said The next time I have to deal with this Jones said I will call my The Comal River and the springs that feed it are largely responsible for main taining the economy of New Braunfels as well as maintaining the life of many endangered species that live along the river Governor Bush signed a bill yes terday that should offer more stability and better protection of the Comal Springs In 1993 the Texas Legislature passed a bill replacing the Edwards Under ground Water District which is an elect ed board with the Edwards Aquifer Authority which is an appointed board This board would have the authority to enact pumping limits for the aquifer The Department of Justice received complaints saying that replacing an elected board with an appointed board violated voting rights During this years legislation session a new bill was introduced that corrected this problem The bill was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate and was signed by the Gov ernor Wednesday Craig Hollmig an Edwards Under ground Water District board member said the change in boards will be a pos itive one for New Braunfels Hollmig said the Edwards Underground Water District is responsible for building recharge dams and protecting and pre serving the aquifer He said that cur rently no one regulates pumping and people can pump as much as they like The person with the biggest pump sets the said Hollmig Hollmig said the new entity the Edwards Aquifer Authority will have a regulating capacity He said the board will work towards reducing pumping and maintaining spring flow to comply with the Endangered Species Act which is mandated in the bill He said the Endangered Species Act protects the springs in Comal and Hays counties and the various species found along them He said this will give the board a tool to reduce pumping and maintain or increase the amount of water in the springs Less pumping means more water for the springs which is good news to Comal said Hollmig Hollmig said the current Edwards Underground Water District board members were split on support for the bill He said members representing the Comal County area supported the demise of the board while members from the Bexar County area were against the change We wanted to lose our jobs because we dont have the tools to do that job We have no way of regulating the pumping and protecting the he said Doug Miller Water Negotiator for New Braunfels Utilities the city of New Braunfels and Comal County said the main opposition to the bill are individ uals who say pumping limits violate their property rights However he said a persons property rights arc only guar anteed if they do not violate a neighbors rights People who pump a large amount of water out of the springs violate the rights of others by reducing the springs he said Youve violated my rights because youve taken away my Comal said Hollmig Jacqueline Cullom city attorney for New Braunfels said the bill should have a more effective result She said any regulating of pumping should help the springs which will be good news to New Braunfels The bill will create the Edwards Aquifer Authority as an elected board with two nonvoting appointed mem bers Miller said the two members would represent downstream interests and the western counties Miller said the replacement will be effective Sep tember 1 Miller said an interim board will be appointed until the election is held dur ing the November 1996 elections He said the 15membcr board will consist of four representatives from eastern coun ties and four representatives from west ern counties The remaining seven rep resentatives will be from Bexar County Miller said that could possibly cause a problem depending on how you look at it Some say its eight to seven Some say no its four four and seven because we have our interests the western coun ties have their interests and San Anto nio has its interests Thats something well have to work through when we get Miller said However Hollmig said that even though Bexar County will hold more seats on the board they may not have an unequal influence on policy He said the board will be able to apply the Endangered Species Act to help get policies approved The Endangered Spccics Act can be used as the tool to pressure thepolicy through It basically says what you can and cant he said Another bill related to the Edwards Aquifer Authority failed to make it past the legislature Miller said this bill would have done three things First he said it would have corrected dates in the orig inal bill passed in 1993 Hollmig said that bill contained many deadlines which have now passed He said lie believed these dates could now be cor rected through normal policy proce dures among the new board Miller said the other two things it would have done is that it would have clarified the language in the appeals process and it would have allowed the Edwards Underground Water District to remain in existence for two more years This was mainly a house cleaning said Hollmig It would not have had a direct impact on the policies of the The second bill failed to make it out of the legislature Open house Manuel Camareno family and friends opened their new disabled access home during an open house this week A Department of Veterans Affairs grant helped fund the house Architect Ignacio Pina designed and Rayco Ltd built the Amy Street home lr Dora Camareno Mayor Paul E Fraser Manuel Camareno Tina Fraser Brandon VUlanueva Cassie Camareno Bush wants to reduce your property tax without starting an income tax See Page 4

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